Erica Lumini

• Environmental Microbiology (root symbioses between plants and soil microorganisms).
• Interaction between soil microbial populations nitrogen-fixing actinomycetes, mycorrhizal fungi (Ectomycorrhizal Fungi (EM), Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) and their associated bacteria and plants (crop cultures, shrubs, trees).
• Characterization of soil microbial communities (symbiotic and saprotrophic fungi) in natural and agricultural environments (soils subjected to land-use gradient) through classical approaches based on molecular cloning and sequencing and with NGS (454 and Illumina technologies).

She maintains an active scientific collaboration with Italian Research groups (Dip. di Scienze della Vita e Biologia dei Sistemi University of Turin, CRA, PTP, Lodi) and foreign research institutions (INRA, JKI, DLO, CETIOM, BLGG).

She is involved in International EU Projects (PURE, KBBE.2010.1.2-05,ECOFINDERs, ENV. 2010. and National Projects (AGER RISINNOVA, ProLacte).

Her scientific activity has so far resulted in more than 30 publications including original articles (publications in scientific journals with IF and / or more sectorial ones), book chapters and numerous presentations, posters and abstract of national and international conferences as well as to seminars. The research was carried out in collaboration with several Italian and foreign laboratories.

For a complete list of publications, please refer to


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - Seasonal variation in winter wheat field soil arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus communities after non-mycorrhizal crop cultivation - Berruti A., Bianciotto V., Lumini E. - Mycorrhiza, 28: 535-548
  • 2018 - The last 50 years of climate-induced melting of the Maliy Aktru glacier (Altai Mountains, Russia) revealed in a primary ecological succession - Cazzolla Gatti R., Dudko A., Lim A., Velichevskaya A.I., Lushchaeva I.V., Pivovarova A.V., Ventura S., Lumini E., Berruti A., Volkov I.V. - Ecology and evolution, 8: 7401-7420
  • 2018 - Focus on mycorrhizal symbioses - Balestrini R., Lumini E. - Applied Soil Ecology , 123: 299-304
  • 2018 - Impact of two arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on Arundo donax L. response to salt stress - Pollastri S., Savvides A., Pesando M., Lumini E., Volpe M.G., Ozudogru E.A., Faccio A., De Cunzo F., Michelozzi M., Lambardi M., Fotopoulos V., Loreto F., Centritto M., Balestrini R. - Planta , 247: 573-585
  • 2017 - The abundance and diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are linked to the soil chemistry of screes and to slope in the alpic paleo-endemic Berardia subacaulis - Casazza G., Lumini E., Ercole E., Dovana F., Guerrina M., Arnulfo A., Minuto L., Fusconi A., Mucciarelli M. - Plos One , volume 12
  • 2017 - Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community differences among European long-term observatories - Bouffaud M.L., Bragalini C., Berruti A., Peyret-Guzzon M., Voyron S., Stockinger H., Van Tuinen D., Lumini E., Wipf D., Plassart P., Lemanceau P., Bianciotto V., Redecker D., Girlanda M. - Mycorrhiza , 27: 331-343
  • 2017 - AMF components from a microbial inoculum fail to colonize roots and lack soil persistence in an arable maize field - Berruti A., Lumini E., Bianciotto V. - Symbiosis , 72: 73-80
  • 2017 - Wild Camellia japonica specimens in the Shimane prefecture (Japan) host previously undescribed AMF diversity - Berruti A., Demasi S., Lumini E., Kobayashi N., Scariot V., Bianciotto V. - Applied Soil Ecology , 115: 10-18
  • 2016 - Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi as Natural Biofertilizers: Let’s Benefit From Past Successes - Berruti A., Lumini E., Balestrini R., Bianciotto V. - Frontiers in Microbiology, 6:1559
  • 2016 - Insights on the impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis on tomato tolerance to water stress - Chitarra W., Pagliarani C., Maserti B.e., Lumini E., Siciliano I., Cascone P., Schubert A., Gambino G., Balestrini R., Guerrieri E. - Plant Physiology , 171: 1009-1023
  • 2015 - Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity in the Tuber melanosporum brulè - Mello A., Lumini E., Napoli C., Bianciotto V., Bonfante P. - Fungal biology, 1-10
  • 2015 - Plant-Soil Biota Interactions - Balestrini R., Lumini E., Borriello R., Bianciotto V. - Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry (Fourth Edition) - Editor: Academic Press Elsevier, Inc., London (GBR), 311-338
  • 2014 - Sequencing and comparison of the mitochondrial COI gene from isolates of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi belonging to Gigasporaceae and Glomeraceae families - Roberto Borriello, Valeria Bianciotto, Alberto Orgiazzi, Erica Lumini, Roberta Bergero - Molecular Phylogenetics And Evolution , 75: 1-10
  • 2014 - Edaphic factors trigger diverse AM fungal communities associated to exotic camellias in closely located Lake Maggiore (Italy) sites - Borriello R., Berruti A., Lumini E., Della Beffa M.T., Scariot V., Bianciotto V. - Mycorrhiza , 25:253-265
  • 2014 - Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their value for ecosystem management - Berruti A., Borriello R., Orgiazzi A., Barbera A.C., Lumini E., Bianciotto V. - In: The Dynamic Balance of the Planet. Publisher: IntechOpen. Editor: Oscar Grillo , 8: 159-191
  • 2013 - 454 Pyrosequencing Analysis of Fungal Assemblages from Geographically Distant, Disparate Soils Reveals Spatial Patterning and a Core Mycobiome in Diversity - Orgiazzi A., Bianciotto V., Bonfante P., Daghino S., Ghignone S., Lazzari A., Lumini E., Mello A., Napoli C., Perotto S., Vizzini A., Bagella S., Murat C., Girlanda M. - Diversity, 5:73-98
  • 2013 - Application of laser microdissection to identify the mycorrhizal fungi that establish arbuscules inside root cells - Berruti A., Borriello R., Lumini E., Scariot V., Bianciotto V., Balestrini R. - Frontiers in plant science, 4:135
  • 2012 - Unravelling soil fungal communities from different mediterranean land-use backgrounds - Orgiazzi A., Lumini E., Nilsson R.H., Girlanda M., Vizzini A., Bonfante P., Bianciotto V. - Plos One , 7:e34847
  • 2012 - The genome of the obligate endobacterium of an AM fungus reveals an interphylum network of nutritional interactions - Ghignone S., Salvioli A., Anca I., Lumini E., Ortu G., Petiti L., Cruveiller S., Bianciotto V., Piffanelli P., Lanfranco L., Bonfante P. - The ISME journal, 6:136-145
  • 2012 - Effects of different management practices on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity in maize field soils and roots - Borriello R., Lumini E., Girlanda M. Bonfante P., Bianciotto, V. - Biology and Fertility of Soils , 48:911-922
  • 2011 - Unique arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities uncovered in date palm plantations and surrounding desert habitats of Southern Arabia - Al-yahyaìei M.N., Oehl F., Vallino M., Lumini E., Redecker D., Wiemken A., Bonfante P. - Mycorrhiza (Berl.), 21: 195-209
  • 2011 - Different farming and water regimes in Italian rice fields affect arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal soil communities - Lumini E., Vallino M., Alguacil M.M., Romani M., Bianciotto V. - Ecological Applications , 21(5): 1696-1707
  • 2010 - Cohorts of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in Vitis vinifera, a typical Mediterranean fruit crop - Balestrini R., Magurno F., Walker C., Lumini E., Bianciotto V. - Environmental Microbiology, 2:594-604
  • 2010 - Disclosing arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal biodiversity in soil through a land-use gradient using a pyrosequencing approach - Lumini E., Orgiazzi A., Borriello R., Bonfante P., Bianciotto V. - Environmental Microbiology, 12:2165-2179
  • 2009 - The ftsZ gene of the endocellular bacterium ‘Candidatus Glomeribacter gigasporarum’ is preferentially expressed during the symbiotic phases of its host mycorrhizal fungus - Anca I.A., Lumini E., Ghignone S., Salvioli A., Bianciotto V., Bonfante P. - Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions , 22:302-310
  • 2008 - Suolo: una riserva inesplorata di biodiversità microbica - Lumini E. ,Bianciotto V. ,Bonfante P. - Protecta , 11/12: 66-68
  • 2008 - Simultaneous detection and quantification of the unculturable microbe Candidatus Glomeribacter gigasporarum inside its fungal host Gigaspora margarita - Salvioli A., Lumini E., Anca I.A., Bianciotto V., Bonfante P. - New Phytologist , 180: 248-257
  • 2008 - The impact of tillage practices on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity in subtropical crops - Alguacil M.M., Lumini E., Roldán A., Salinas-garcia J.R., Bonfante P., Bianciotto V. - Ecological Applications , 18: 527-536